The Town of Whitecourt will soon start work on installing a new water main.
The Water System Upgrade Project is set to start this fall and winter and continue throughout 2020. The project was previously approved with the help of grant money from the Build Canada Program and Alberta Community Partnership Program, and Water Infrastructure Reserves.
The upgrade project will include a second river crossing to west Whitecourt, a feed to the Hilltop reservoir and looping of the distribution system to improve fire flow capacity and pressure-reducing measures. It proposes the installation of a 400 mm water main from the water treatment plant to Dahl Drive along 47th Avenue.
Construction work on the Downtown South Development Project by Christenson Developments is already underway, and the two projects are set to intersect at 49th Street and 47th Avenue when Christenson puts in deep underground utilities in the area.
In an effort to avoid conflict between the two projects, Whitecourt Council this week approved an option to first install 80 metres of waterline at 49th Street and 47th Avenue prior to the completion of the development project.
Mayor Maryann Chichak explains more about Council’s decision and the two projects.
Council awarded the work of installing the water line to Whitecourt developer Jason Thomas Enterprises at a cost of $193,908 plus GST.